Following the implementation of the 2016-2026 Quebec Aerospace Strategy developed by the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation (MEI), the Science and Innovation Sector’s Canadian and International Partnerships and Programs Directorate is teaming up with the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ) to launch a call for projects aimed at integrating Quebec SMEs from the aerospace sector into global innovation networks.


In particular, the research projects of participating enterprises must meet the following objectives:

  • Drive international research collaborations.
  • Foster the integration of Quebec SMEs from the aerospace sector into global innovation networks.
  • Extend the network of potential partners to international collaborators.

This initiative is one way of supporting collaborative research and development projects, fostering the development of new products by Quebec-based companies, which will ultimately help to boost:

  • exports
  • the creation of quality jobs
  • local investment

Evaluation process

Projects will be evaluated by CRIAQ’s Scientific Committee according to criteria of relevance, scientific quality and economic, social or technological benefits for Quebec, as well as the strategic interest of the industrial and international partnership.

CRIAQ is in charge of managing the agreement and administrative oversight of these projects on behalf of the ministry. Management fees apply.


Information on financial assistance

For these 2019 calls, project aid will constitute a non-refundable, non-recurring financial contribution of 50% of eligible expenditures over three years, up to $500,000.

Funded projects will be subject to a grant agreement specifying the obligations of each party, as well as the terms of payment of the financial assistance. After validating the financial arrangements for the selected projects, the MEI sends the results of the call for projects to the minister and to the partner institutions and companies.